Jeopardy! has a long history of punishing contestants for small mistakes, but on Wednesday, it was the show itself which made the mistake. Less than a week after contestant Sadie Goldberger was disqualified for an illegible answer which seemed pretty legible to quite a few viewers, the show's production team made a typo in the Final Jeopardy! clue.
The category was 19th Century Literature, and the clue was, “This author first thought of a parrot before choosing another bird ‘equallly [sp] capable of speech.’”
As the iconic music rolled and contestants’ brains churned, several eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the word “equally” had an extra L.
feeling so smart tonight because i myself noticed the spelling error in final #Jeopardy
— gillian stoltz (@gillian_stoltz) June 22, 2022
Someone tell the #Jeopardy clue writers not to lean on the L button next time pic.twitter.com/xLQ62iYHys
— Vinny Simone (@VTSimone) June 22, 2022
The extra L should have been penalized just like a less-than-perfect handwritten “Harriet Tubman.” #jeopardy#dountoothers
— CoffeeTalk (@proofitallnight) June 23, 2022
Contestant Jeff Weinstock had no problem turning that extra L into a big W, as he correctly answered, "Who is Edgar Allan Poe?" He wagered $4,202 and finished with the highest total of $11,202. He also ended six-day champion Megan Wachspress's impressive run.
Wachspress’s six wins automatically qualify her for the Tournament of Champions. So she will be back in November.
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